Apple iCloud ransomware is a real threat

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Security, iPad, iPhone, Secure IT Alert, security Leave a Comment

People are being locked out of their iPhones and iPads due to an attack that is taking place where the devices are locked and you can only gain access to your files if you pay a “ransom”. This is mainly in Australia but it has been reported in other locations. You should backup your data so that in the event …

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Law Enforcement SWAT Members Swarm Easley South Carolina Movie Theater

JohnMHoyt John M. Hoyt's Personal Stuff, security Leave a Comment

Today, on my daily drive in to work, I passed an unusual scene that caught my eye…  A number of Easley PD vehicles were in the parking lot of the Easley Cinema 8 movie theater. As I made my way back to the location, I spotted officers clad in camouflage entering a back door with weapons drawn. My first thought …

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Flash! Savior of the Universe! No, not really….

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Linux, Mac, Microsoft, OS X, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

Adobe Flash Player is making more friends (Right up there with JAVA! )…  There are active attacks being reported currently for vulnerabilities that affect not only Microsoft Windows but also Apple Mac. You should insure that updates are installed! Should you require assistance applying these critical security updates to your computer or your entire network of computers, please call us …

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What does free really cost?

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, John M. Hoyt's Personal Stuff, Linux, Microsoft, Partners, security, Technology, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

What follows is a guest blog post from our friends at EPC, a company providing data destruction services for your end of life computer equipment. What Does Free Really Cost? You’ve met the “guy with the pick-up truck” that can take your PC in for free. All of us have. But where does your data on that PC “go?” Even …

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Our Black Friday Trend Micro anti-virus giveaway winners are…

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Support, Contests and Promotions, Fun Stuff, Giveaways, Homeland Secure IT, Homeland Secure IT Promotions, John M. Hoyt's Personal Stuff, Mac, Microsoft, Partners, Sales, security, Trend Micro, Windows Leave a Comment

Everyone signed up to this blog was automatically entered in our little giveaway. We have so few subscribers that your odds of being selected were extraordinarily high! In fact, I actually was selected once, so in the essence of fairness, I ran the random number generator until someone not associated with Homeland Secure IT was selected. Normally, our rules are …

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Not to beat a dead horse, but even MORE social security numbers likely exposed in SC DOR hacking

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Security, John M. Hoyt's Personal Stuff, Secure IT Alert, security Leave a Comment

The news only gets worse…   This morning, officials in the South Carolina Department of Revenue data breech investigation are saying that the number of tax payer social security numbers that were reaped in the hacking event is much higher than initially thought. They have expanded it to an additional 200,000 SSNs, taking the grand total up to an estimated …

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Your South Carolina business credit may at risk

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Security, John M. Hoyt's Personal Stuff, Secure IT Alert, security Leave a Comment

You would have to be living under a rock to not be aware of the fact that network security at the South Carolina Department of Revenue has been compromised and that millions of Social Security Numbers have been potentially absconded with. What you might not know is that over 650 thousand businesses have also potentially been affected as well! The …

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Our remote backup provider is expanding! #DisasterRecovery #Backup #Servosity

JohnMHoyt Apple, Backup Solutions, Business, Cloud Computing, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Linux, Microsoft, Sales, security, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

Our preferred remote backup solution provider is expanding in a big way! Servosity, which is based right here in Greenville South Carolina, has made a commitment to create 30 new positions over the next 12 to 18 months. And these will be higher paying jobs with a much higher skill requirement. We continue to use Servosity ourselves and provide their …

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Symantec Partner Specializing in Backup Exec 2012 Sales and Support in Greenville SC

JohnMHoyt Apple, Backup Solutions, Business, Cloud Computing, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Linux, Mac, Microsoft, Microsoft Exchange, Mobile, Partners, Sales, Symantec, Windows, Windows Server Leave a Comment

It was time to renew our training with Symantec so we can continue to offer Symantec Backup Exec 2012 sales and support as a partner, so we did it up right. Everyone here at Homeland Secure IT took the training and the assessments required.   Greg, Wes and I (John) are all up to date on these product offerings. If …

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